Fabulous Home Learning! (...and very tasty too!)
A huge well done to Shakira and Yusr who have both completed some home learning from our new menu! Yusr completed the four challenge questions and has found out all about the first recorded boats and Shakira has written a poem as well as making some incredibly tasty coconut treats! Well done girls and thank you Shakira for my tasty treat - what a wonderful start to Monday!
Learning Champion 20.1.2018
Well done to Warda who has been putting a huge amount of effort into her writing and has been showing increased determination to overcome any difficulties and rise to new challenges! Keep up the hard work, Warda!
Jigsaw Genius 20.1.2018
Well done to Noah who has persevered and shown a huge amount of resilience and determination in his writing - particularly his handwriting. Noah is now the proud holder of a pen licence! He worked so hard to achieve his targets and I know he is so proud of himself - as we are of him! Well done, Noah.
This week, we have been learning how to use a hyphen in compound adjectives, compound nouns, between numbers and after prefixes. Happy hyphenating in your writing now, Year 6!
Year 6 had a great time when the ice skating rink came to school this week! What a fantastic - and fun - way to keep fit and learn new skills!
In maths, we have been revising how to reflect accurately, including recognising lines of symmetry, reflecting shapes accurately across an axis and identifying missing coordinates in reflected shapes. We haven't found this the easiest thing to do at times, especially with more complex shapes, but we stayed resilient and used what we knew to help us, for example counting squares (or other background grid shapes) and reasoned what we knew wouldn't work.
From chew to poo! How our food is digested...
What a fantastic end of learning journey celebration event we had to finish off this term's learning! Parents and carers came into class to join the children in a science investigation led by Miss Reynolds and her team of aptly named professors! The children discovered how nutrients are absorbed by the body and how what's left becomes waste! The children then shared their learning from over the term. How on Earth is next term going to top this one?! As always, we are all very proud of how Year 6 have embraced their learning and how well they participated in the celebration event. Well done to everyone!
Different media in art...
As a bit of a hook into our next topic, we thought about using water as a theme - or even a media - in art during our final week of term. We set out a range of activities including sketching water in a glass, drawing bubbles and bubble art, and applied skills we have been learning over the year so far to create some stunning art. Our art work really is fantastic and our new pieces will soon be displayed proudly in the classroom!
After practising converting units of measure, we applied our learning to some pretty tricky reasoning problems! We showed lots of perseverance skills and were able to talk through our answers with confidence!
There's how much sugar in our cereal?!
In science we have been investigating how much sugar is in different brands/types of cereals and considering which cereals are healthier. We represented our findings in graphs so we used lots of maths skills too!
Learning Champion 23.3.2018
Well done to Amy who spoke so confidently in front of a very large audience to put forward a convincing argument against SATs at the town hall debate. That takes real confidence and I was so proud of you, Amy!
Jigsaw Genius 23.3.2018
Well done to Shakeeb for being such an active participator by not only delivering our debate confidently but asking questions and raising points when given the chance to discuss other schools' debates. You were a superstar, Shakeeb, and would make a fantastic politician in the future!
This week, we have been revising how to use apostrophes for omission and possession - including plurals. Sometimes this catches us out in our writing so we have tried hard to study this in different ways this week and then look at how many times we came across apostrophes in our reading of Skellig each day. We now know that it is much more informal to use contractions in writing and we have had to think very carefully about where the apostrophe goes when looking at plural possession. I am looking forward to spotting lots of correct uses of apostrophes in your writing, Year 6!
How many ways can we learn our spellings?
This week, in spelling, we have learnt some different words from the Y5/6 statutory list through having a go at different stations set up around the classroom. Some of the activities included draughts, noughts and crosses, connect 4 and rainbow writing, to name but a few! The children really enjoyed the practical nature of learning their spellings in this way and I'm confident everyone will know many of these words by heart now, ready to apply them in their writing!
Converting units of measure...
This week we have been learning and revising how to convert different units of measure. We have applied our learning to lots of different problems and will be continuing this next week around our mock SATs!
Learning Champion 16.3.2018
Well done to Kalen who is giving 100% to everything she does. Her attitude to learning is fantastic and she is an excellent role model for her peers.
Jigsaw Genius 16.3.2018
Well done to Mariah who is really putting the effort in and being resilient with her learning. Even when things are tricky, she doesn't give up and she always has the biggest smile on her face.
Y6 debate at the town hall!
I could not have been prouder on Friday after taking six Y6 children to the town hall to compete in a debate about SATs. Before the day, the whole class considered and debated reasons for and against administering the tests at the end of Key Stage 2 and all of the children discussed this topic with real maturity.
When we arrived at the town hall, we got to have a look at the beautiful, grand rooms and meet councillors from across the city. The children found out we were debating against SATs and we had 30 minutes to prepare our argument. Shakeeb and Amy presented our case to the packed room and we won the debate with a clear majority. All of the children then listened to other primary schools debating issues such as 'should life skills be taught in schools?' or 'should sugary snacks be banned in schools?' and the children could then respond and vote for or against each issue.
The children did our school proud! They were polite, spoke eloquently and convincingly and worked together so well to prepare their case. Please do pop in to class and read our speech! You can also follow the link below to see how The Star reported the day... and what the councillors had to say about the children's behaviour and participation. A huge well done to Shakeeb, Amy, Ellie, Tamzid, Madeeha and Freddie, as well as the rest of the class for helping to prepare for the day.
Practice makes perfect in spelling!
Another fantastic spelling lesson this week, where we looked at some more words from the Y5/6 list. I'm looking forward to spotting some of them in your writing next week, Y6!
Investigating cubes and cuboids in maths...
This week we have been learning to use a formula to calculate the volume of cubes and cuboids. As part of this, we tried out lots of different investigations to help us explore, visualise and even draw different cubes and cuboids. Some great thinking and questioning skills were used and it was fantastic to hear some really great discussions at each investigation. Well done Y6!
Investigating the effects of exercise on our heart rate in science!
In science, we have been learning all about the body - more recently focusing on the heart in particular. This week, we have carried out an investigation to see what happened to our heart rates after doing a headstand. We considered variables such as how long we stayed upside down, how rested we were before doing the headstand or whether a more strenuous type of exercise would affect the results. We measured our pulses before and after doing one and found that it was faster after because it had to work harder to pump blood around the body because gravity also had an effect! Fascinating!
Learning Champion 9.3.2018
Our Learning Champion this week is Ayza for being very resilient and putting maximum effort into everything that she does. Keep it up!
Jigsaw Genius 9.3.2018
Noah is our Jigsaw Genius this week for always giving 100% and being determined to reach his goals!
Learning the Year 6 words!
Each week we learn a new set of words, focusing on a rule or from the statutory lists. This week, we have focused on some words from the Year 6 list. Here we are working fantastically as a group to match up syllables and parts of each new word to learn our new spellings.
Chatterer skills in reading!
In reading this week we have been considering how authors make choices about what vocabulary to use and how these choices impact upon the reader. One group looked at some of the vocabulary from the part of Clockwork we have read this week and thought about how changing these word could make the sentence have a different meaning or effect.
This week we have been comparing the area and perimeters of different shapes. As part of this, we have been learning to calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles. When we focused on triangles, we revised our knowledge of the different types of triangles by measuring out different length straws and making different triangles. We then calculated the area of each one. Fantastic collaboration skills were used by all - well done, Year 6!
How impressed I was when Yusr brought in a picture of her taking her book out to have a read in the snow! That's the World Book Day spirit!
Learning Champion 2.3.2018
Well done, Shakeeb, for completing outstanding learning in Learning Journey and for achieving 100% on your science assessment! Your hard work and determination to succeed make you a fantastic learner!
Jigsaw Genius 2.3.2018
Well done, Amna, for always smiling and being resilient in your learning. You never give up even when you find it tricky – you are a superstar!
After the chaos of the snow, we got straight back to learning this morning with our spelling lesson. We are currently focusing on the Y5/6 statutory word list, which we try hard to choose and apply words from appropriately in our writing.
Remember you can log on to Spelling Shed where you can practise your spellings!
Trying out sensory circuits!
Year 6 had a go at trying some sensory circuit activities today where we had a go at different activities that focus on different skills, such as energising, organising, concentrating and balance. Great fun was had by all!
Jigsaw Genius 16.2.18 is awarded to Madeeha for being very supportive of others in trying to reach their goals while being incredibly driven and determined to reach her own!
Learning Champion 16.2.18 goes to Olivia, for showing enthusiasm and a determination to succeed in every lesson. Keep up the hard work!
Julia Donaldson Family Workshop!
What a fantastic family workshop we had in Y6 this week as part of our whole-school Julia Donaldson themed text-led learning week, where each class has studied a text written by the famous author. In Y6, we read The Snail and the Whale and have covered a wide range of curriculum objectives as we followed the unlikely friends on their journey around the world.
We were so pleased to have so many parents join us in class where we immersed ourselves in a wide range of learning experiences including mosaicking to create beautiful snail collages, selecting, measuring and combining ingredients to create snail shaped biscuits, using different tools and techniques (such as pinching, pulling and coiling) to sculpt clay snails, using a range of vocabulary to describe parts of the story in a word weaving, and combining different materials to create our very own pieces of felt! The children had a fantastic morning – thank you so much to parents for helping to make it such a great session… your art work will be proudly displayed alongside the children’s as promised!
Jigsaw Genius 9.2.18
Well done to Subhan for always having a positive attitude towards his learning! He is making great progress and we think his ‘can-do' attitude plays a huge part in that! Keep it up, Subhan!
Learning Champion 9.2.18
Well done to Yusr for her amazing attitude! She gives 100% in all that she does and she does it all with a huge smile on her face! What a fantastic learner you are, Yusr!
Ever wondered what lurks in the darkest corners of your garage?
In English, we have been looking at what makes a really strong fact file (non-chronological report). After looking at some WAGOLLs, we have looked in our text, Skellig, for clues about where Skellig lives (his habitat), what he eats (his diet), what he looks like (his appearance) and how he acts (his temperament). David Almond very kindly included some fantastic descriptions of each and we are currently constructing our very own Skellig fact files. Watch this space for our final written pieces!
Tone and line in art this week...
In art this week we have been learning about tone and how we can represent this in our artwork through using a wider range of art pencils and by choosing how hard we press them. We also considered how we can use lines to create different patterns. We have represented our learning through the subject of feathers; this week in our text the character Michael realised that Skellig has wings!
This then led us to explore the life cycle of different birds in science. It’s been a busy week n Year 6!
We were very lucky to be visited by Rene from The Real Junk Food Project in Sheffield. He has helped us set up our ‘Pay As You Feel’ market stall as part of our learning about food waste and we have learned all about some foods we didn’t even know existed – including some edible flowers! All this has come from exploring how the character in our book, Skellig, survives on waste scavenged from bins!
Jigsaw Genius 2.2.2018
This week, our Jigsaw Genius award goes to Saffa. We are so proud of Safaa for how well she is able to work with others. She really helps her peers and knows how to support her friends with their learning.
Learning Champion 2.2.2018
This week our Learning Champion is Jack, for continuing to work really hard in class and showing real determination even when some things are a bit more challenging! Keep up the hard work, Jack!
Our focus this week in maths is algebra. At first, the children thought this might be really tricky but I was so proud to hear them saying they were enjoying the new challenges! We are getting good at solving equations and investigating different possibilities!
What would a skellig's habitat be like?
Y6 have had great fun this week in DT and science! We used clues from our text to learn more about the habitat of a skellig. We then decided to think about the structure of the garage where Skellig lives. We thought about what makes a good structure, and why the garage might be crumbling away in the story. We decided to create our own structures by making the perfect habitat for a skellig! We worked so well in our teams and though not yet finished, our garages are starting to look fantastic!
Learning Champion 26.1.2018
For always putting 100% into your learning. You give every lesson your best and it shines through in your learning.
Jigsaw Genius 26.1.2018
For always keeping on trying even when learning is tricky. Because of your determination and resilience, you are making fantastic progress!
In Skellig, Michael (the main character) has just discovered a strange creature in his garage! We thought this would make fantastic front page news and so we set about finding out what makes a really good newspaper report. Once we had analysed the features, we learnt some new grammar skills which we had noticed in the WAGOLLL, such as how to use semi-colons, colons and how to punctuate quotes. We then put some of the key witnesses on the hot seat and asked lots of questions. We are now in the process of planning and drafting our reports... I can't wait to read them!
Observational art with different media...
Owls keep appearing in our text and we have being looking closely at different images of owls as a stimulus for developing our observational skills in art. We have used different media such as pastels, pencils and even scraper board and tools to create some stunning art work which is all proudly on display in our classroom.
The attendance award arrives in Year 6!
I am SO pleased that we have finally won the attendance cup this week! Well done, Year 6 - let's keep the cup and aim for 100% attendance!
We are really developing our sketching skills in art, through knowing which grade of pencil to choose for the effect we want to create. We have been learning about techniques such as cross-hatching, smudging and using dots and dashes as well as considering how the directions of our lines can bring the picture 'to life'. In our text 'Skellig', we have noticed a motif (recurring symbol) - there are lots of bird names and images that the characters keep encountering. We have used this motif to inspire our drawings. We can't wait until these are finished so we can proudly display them in our classroom!
Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius 19.1.18:
Well done to our Learning Champion this week, Lily, who has come back from the Christmas holidays with a positive attitude and a hunger for learning. She has been asking questions and making excellent contributions during lessons. Lily, you are a superstar!
Well done to our Jigsaw Genius this week, Felicia, who is new to our class but you'd never know! She is ambitious and determined and isn't going to let something like a little move of schools get in the way of being a superstar learner with a fantastic positive attitude! Well done, Felicia!
This week, Michael (our main character) discovered a strange creature in his dilapidated garage. We are becoming journalists to report on this exciting discovery and have been revising how to write and punctuate quotes for our upcoming front page news reports.
Welcome back, Year 6! This term our learning will be led by the text 'Skellig' by David Almond. Our reading skills will be developed through studying the book 'Clockwork' by Philip Pullman. Both stories will take us on an exciting journey with very different characters and their very different adventures. To find out more, please have a look at our new home learning menu and curriculum learning journey overview below. How much home learning will we be able to proudly display in our classroom this term?
New home learning and learning journey overviews!
This week, we read one of the final chapters of our class reading text, which we have been studying since September. Some emotional scenes took place and I was so proud of how the children reacted and responded. Some of the class, including myself, even got a little bit emotional as the characters experienced some tragic goodbyes and some emotional reunions. What a fantastic story this is! We can't wait to find out how it ends during our final week!
Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius
This week in Y6, Amna was our Learning Champion for taking responsibility for her learning and knowing when to give things a go and persevere or knowing when it's time to ask for help. Mariah was our Jigsaw Genius for putting a smile on everyone's face for giving out her genuine, lovely compliments.
Well done, girls!
More creative home learning!
It's lovely to see how engaged everyone is with our current topic and Noah and Ellie have been continuing their learning at home; Noah wrote a poem inspired by our learning in school and Ellie has used her artistic skills to make her own poppy. Well done!
Last week we visited Crucial Crew, where thee children learnt some important lessons about keeping safe and out of trouble (as they are now at the age of criminal responsibility!). We could not have been prouder of how the whole class participated and how well-mannered they were. Schools from all over South Yorkshire visit Crucial Crew every week and Acres Hill won school of the week because of their exemplary behaviour... WELL DONE YEAR 6 - you are all superstars!
Today we have been learning to identify whether a sentence is active or passive. We used our knowledge of the subject, object and verb to help us work out each sentence. Great collaboration skills, Year 6!
Demi has been working hard at home to produce this fantastic Remembrance wreath which is now proudly displayed in our classroom.
She also made such a great lantern for the Darnall Lantern Parade that she won an ice skating voucher and this fabulous pencil case full of goodies. Well done, Demi - keep up your hard work and fantastic attitude!
We have been classifying quadrilaterals by their properties, including angles, parallel sides, lines of symmetry and diagonals. Y6 showed some great collaboration skills when they worked together to sort the four-sided shapes!
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
With Remembrance approaching, we are using the final week of this half term to study poetry and have begun by analysing the poem written by John McCrae, 'In Flanders Fields'. We unpicked some of the language and used dictionaries to help us identify some unfamiliar words and their meanings.
We have been learning about rationing and how people grew lots of their own vegetables to support the War effort. We made some carrot biscuits, which were actually surprisingly tasty! We then used this experience to enhance our procedural writing - our recipes are very well written and use questions and an informal tone to engage the reader!
More fantastic home learning!
Jack, Noah, Amy, Oliver and Olivia have all brought in some excellent pieces of creative home learning. It was lovely to see how many children went home and baked a war time recipe after we made carrot biscuits in class!
Shakira's fabulous home learning!
Well done, Shakira, for creating such a brilliant piece of home learning - making your very own gas mask!
We have been learning to write persuasive letters. We thought about how Bruno, the main character so far in our class text 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas', would feel when he moved to the new house and hated it. We got into character and wrote letters to Father, trying to persuade him to return the family to Berlin.
In the build up to our final piece, we looked at some not-very-good examples and worked together to think about our learning so far, and how we might improve each letter. Some fantastic collaboration skills - well done, Y6!
In art, we are learning about the work of artist Henry Moore. Moore was recruited as an official war artist and produced his now famous drawings of people sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz. We went out onto the playground to recreate what some of those scenes might have looked like and we discussed how those people might have felt. Great empathy skills, Y6!
Learning our spelling rules!
We learn a new spelling rule every week. This week we were learning to spell words with the endings '-tious' or '-cious'. Will you improve your spelling score next week? Keep practising your spellings at home!
What fantastic home learning!
Charlie has been busy cooking up a rationing recipe! Rationing was something which affected everyone during Wold War II, when food was limited and people had to be resourceful! Well done, Charlie, on your honey biscuits... I wonder how they tasted?
Well done Y6 on a fantastic first assembly! It was lovely to welcome many of our parents and carers in to share our learning so far. Please have a look at the PowerPoint below to see a little bit about the learning we shared.
What a fantastic day we had on Tuesday when The History Van came into school to provide us with a World War II experience day! We learnt so much ranging from rationing to 'make do and mend', Anderson shelters to Morse code! We made our own toys, dressed up and played board games from the 1930s! We learnt about why the War started and who was involved and even discovered exactly where in Sheffield was bombed during the Blitz - the area surrounding our school was badly affected!
The children's behaviour was absolutely fantastic - what a credit to Acres Hill you are! Well done Y6!
World War II Day! When The History Van came to visit...
The World At War - our learning journey!
Home Learning Menu September 2017
Welcome to Y6 Beech!
This year, your teachers are Mrs Kay, Ms Reynolds and Ms Cooper.
We have some very exciting learning planned this year, which will be driven through an in-depth study of a novel each term. In the autumn term we will be using The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and War Horse to explore our learning journey topic, 'The World At War.'
We are having The History Van in school on Tuesday 12th September to provide us with lots of interesting hooks to direct our learning.
Our PE days are Thursday and Friday - please make sure you have a full change of kit.
Y6 will be a busy and exciting year. If you have any questions, please come in to speak to any of the Y6 team, who will be happy to help in any way we can!
In May 2018, children in Year 6 will take the new style SATs papers first introduced in 2016. The tests in English and maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous.
The children will sit tests in:
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar
These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure your child's progress and the school's performance. Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.
Key Stage 2 Reading
The reading test will provisionally be a single paper with questions based on one 800-word text and two passages of 300 words. Your child will have one hour, including reading time, to complete the test.
There will be a selection of question types, including:
- Ranking/ordering, e.g. ‘Number the events below to show the order in which they happen in the story’
- Labelling, e.g. ‘Label the text to show the title of the story’
- Find and copy, e.g. ‘Find and copy one word that suggests what the weather is like in the story’
- Short constructed response, e.g. ‘What does the bear eat?’
- Open-ended response, e.g. ‘Look at the sentence that begins Once upon a time. How does the writer increase the tension throughout this paragraph? Explain fully, referring to the text in your answer.’
Key Stage 2 grammar, punctuation and spelling test
The grammar, punctuation and spelling test will consist of two parts: a grammar and punctuation paper requiring short answers, lasting 45 minutes, and an aural spelling test of 20 words, lasting around 15 minutes.
The grammar and punctuation test will include two sub-types of questions:
- Selected response, e.g. ‘Identify the adjectives in the sentence below’
- Constructed response, e.g. ‘Correct/complete/rewrite the sentence below,’ or, ‘The sentence below has an apostrophe missing. Explain why it needs an apostrophe.’
Key Stage 2 maths
Children will sit three papers in maths:
- Paper 1: arithmetic, 30 minutes (written)
- Papers 2 and 3: mathematical fluency, solving problems and reasoning, 40 minutes per paper
Paper 1 will consist of fixed response questions, where children have to give the correct answer to calculations, including long multiplication and division. Papers 2 and 3 will involve a number of question types, including:
- Multiple choice
- True or false
- Constrained questions, e.g. giving the answer to a calculation, drawing a shape or completing a table or chart
- Less constrained questions, where children will have to explain their approach for solving a problem.
Home Learning and Sample SATS 2017
Children in Year 6 take national tests in reading, maths and GPS each summer. It is really important that your child is in school to take the tests.
Click below to find out more about the National Tests:
Example National Tests : Numerical Reasoning
ExampleNational Tests : Numerical Procedural Tests
Example National Tests : Reading Tests
Sample National Tests: Additional Reasoning Resources
More sample materials found:
Check this Link out it has everything you will need on your SATS Prep (including answers for parents!)
Spelling is important! Your child has a list of spellings to learn. Please practise these in their spellings book, using Look, Cover, Write, Check.